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Pudovkin Makes the Revolution Human: The Bolshevik Trilogy

Inspired by D.W. Griffith's Intolerance, Vsevolod Pudovkin would leave his chemistry studies for cinema. His films Mother, The End of St. Petersburg, and Storm over Asia are presented in The Bolshevik Trilogy.

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The Technicolor Revolution: 'Comandante: Hugo Chávez's Venezuela'

While Hugo Chávez preached and promised, ruling with media savvy but blind indifference to details from the obfuscating labyrinth of Caracas ministries named ‘El Silencio’, Venezuela itself rotted.

Music

Various Artists: Rangarang: Pre-Revolutionary Iranian Pop

Extraordinary insight into the popular music of Iran before the revolution of 1979 ushered in the Islamic regime, which effectively banned such cultural activity.

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Mondays This Fall: An Early TV Preview

A look at what the major networks will be debuting and some thoughts on what might stick around for a while.

Politics

Agitprop to Occupy My Time: 'In Time' for the Revolution

If fiction and reality could merge, the hero of the film In Time would benefit from listening to Real Time with Bill Maher, who said to the Occupy movement, "When you occupy anything for too long people do get pissed off."

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Truth is Fiction: The Work of Haskell Wexler, Part 2, 'Medium Cool'

Medium Cool is the ultimate amalgamation of reality and illusion. Fictional characters live in real situations; real characters exist in fictional situations.

Music

Jon Regen: Revolution

A rather moving pop record with guest turns from Benmont Tench and Andy Summers.

Jedd Beaudoin
Books

20 Questions: Steven Johnson

Pop thought guru Steven Johnson taps into neurobiology and pop culture -- with a few stops in-between -- to explore what fuels those "Eureka!" moments in his new book, Where Good Ideas Come From.

Books

Sells Like Teen Spirit: Music, Youth Culture and Social Crisis by Ryan Moore

Moore is a first-class music journalist and historian, and when he delves into a particular subculture like the “econo” ethos of the Minutemen, the reader is richly rewarded.

Music

Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Phil Ochs: Amchitka

Poignant, and relevant, Amchitka reminds us of a romanticized era when idealism was still able to give way to revolution.

Film

Victim's Gay Hero and Modern Marvels of Social Change

No, gays won’t have to march- there are plenty more ways for heroes to come out to battle. What if lynching had gone viral? Remember that Dr. King had no iPhone, hence the distance between Montgomery and Atlanta was enormous, but dwarfed by now the Internet (not to mention I-85).

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Various Artists: Revolution

Revolution starts with an admirable idea, but unfortunately doesn’t live up to its promise.

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Guerrilla Patton

Soderbergh's supersized retelling of the Che Guevara legend is an uncomfortable mix of war procedural and unabashed hero worship; ingenious but flawed.

Books

Revolution! by Nikolas Kozloff

While sympathetic to the political agendas of the various leftist governments currently in power, Revolution! soberly dissects their many shortcomings, as well.

Michael Busch

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